Here is a list of tools in a few loosely defined categories relevant to science mapping:

·       Science Mapping Tools

·       Bibliometric, Citations, and Usage Tools

·       Network, Tree, and Text Visualization Tools

·       Utility Tools

The list is by no means comprehensive. I would like to beef up the content and maintain it as often as possible. If you have suggestions for new entries, please feel free to get in touch.

Science Mapping Tools


Generates alluvial flow diagrams with input data files in Pajek .net format.



BibExcel is designed to assist a user in analysing bibliographic data, or any data of a textual nature formatted in a similar manner. This tool enables the generation of data files that can be imported to Excel, or any program that further processes or visualises tabbed data records.

Bibliometrix R Package

Bibliometrix package provides various routines for importing bibliographic data from SCOPUS and Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science databases, performing bibliometric analysis and building data matrices for co-citation, coupling, scientific collaboration analysis and co-word analysis.


CiteSpace is a freely available Java application for visualizing and analyzing trends and patterns in scientific literature. It is designed as a tool for progressive knowledge domain visualization (Chen, 2004). It focuses on finding critical points in the development of a field or a domain, especially intellectual turning points and pivotal points.


CitNetExplorer is a software tool for visualizing and analyzing citation networks of scientific publications. 


Which are the most important papers in the history of a field? On whose shoulders of giants does an author stand? Where to look for the intellectual roots of a research topic? These questions can be answered by using the program CitedReferencesExplorer (CRExplorer).


A tool to generate historiographic diagrams of direct citations.

IDR Users Maps

a novel approach to visually locate bodies of research within the sciences, both at each moment of time and dynamically.”


Pajek is a pioneering tool for the analysis and visualization of large networks.


The Science of Science (Sci2) Tool is a modular toolset specifically designed for the study of science.

Scholar Tree


The Shape of Science is a new graphical interface designed to access the bibliometric indicators database of the SCImago Journal & Country Rank portal (based on 2012 data).

Software and Data of Leydesdorff

Loet Leydesdorff creates a series of tools for analyzing publications and patents.


VOSviewer is free software for bibliometric mapping.

Bibliometric, Citations, and Usage Tools

Google Scholar


Microsoft Academic Research

Publish or Perish

The free software is “designed to help individual academics to present their case for research impact to its best advantage.”


Network, Tree, and Text Visualization Tools

Tableau Public

Tableau Public is free software for creating interactive data visualizations for the web.


FoamTree is a JavaScript tree map visualization with innovative layout algorithms and animations. It aids understanding of hierarchical data.


D3.js is a JavaScript library for manipulating documents based on data. It is a popular for generating interactive visualization.


GGobi is an open source visualization program for exploring high-dimensional data. 


Gephi is the leading visualization and exploration software for all kinds of graphs and networks. Gephi is open-source and free. It runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.


A visual analytics system to help analysts and researchers better explore, analyze, and make sense of such document collections.


NodeXL Basic is a free, open-source template for Microsoft® Excel® 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 that makes it easy to explore network graphs 


A lightweighted and easy to use interactive data visualization tool.


A treemap visualization tool.


Treemap is a space-constrained visualization of hierarchical structures. 


Walrus is a tool for interactively visualizing large directed graphs in three-dimensional space. By employing a fisheye-like distortion, it provides a display that simultaneously shows local detail and the global context.


WinDirStat is free software published under the GNU General Public License, version 2.

Utility Tools

KnowledgeMatrix Plus



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